URGENT Iraq opens Trebil and runs a convoy to Jordan


Date of release: 2017/8/22 22:59 • 270 times read
The government on Tuesday conducted a pilot demonstration of about 100 trucks towards the border port of Trebil with Jordan in preparation for its official opening later.
“The trucks belong to the ministries of commerce and transport and they arrived at the port as part of a practical exercise,” the directorate of the border crossings at the Interior Ministry said in a statement received by the All Iraq agency. “The aim is to find out the suitability of the international road and the readiness of the border terminal to receive passengers and trucks “He said.
The Directorate did not disclose a specific date for the official opening of the port, noting that the pilot flight “proved the readiness of the port to work and receive passengers and goods.”
Taribil is the only port linking Iraq to Jordan and has been closed for more than three years after Daish’s control of Anbar province, where the road passes from Baghdad to the port.


Abadi reveals the reduction of the army and the crowd expect a long financial crisis in Iraq {expanded}


Release date: 2017/8/22 21:10 • 415 times read
The commander-in-chief of the armed forces, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, revealed the government’s study to reduce the size of the army and the popular mobilization after the liberation phase and the elimination of terrorist gangs.
“The popular fighters have fought themselves and their efforts to defend the homeland and we have to honor them and they are precious to the homeland and should not be abandoned,” Abbadi said at the weekly press conference today. “They are a great wealth for the country and we must think about something after eliminating the oppressor,” he said. “We are working on the use of the Iraqi army in the campaigns of building and reconstruction of strategic bridges and basic services and this is applicable in most countries, and we consider the transformation of the crowd to the jihad of construction and reconstruction services, we do not want to militarize Iraqi society.
He explained that “our Iraqi army between 290 to 300 thousand people and the interior of this number, in addition to the popular mobilization and we want to reduce the security forces to preserve the security of the country and prevent the militarization of the community, the increase in them will lead to increased spending and weak security and this is our general trend, but now we are at war with After that, everyone does not want to go too far. ”
“There are signs of the collapse of the enemy in Tal Afar,” he said. “The liberation process involves the army, the federal police, the counterterrorism and popular mobilization, all working together in some axes, and their goal is the security of civilians and infrastructure.
“We have a lot of international debt on Iraq from the former regime and the internal one to borrow the government to fill the financial deficit,” the prime minister said, adding that “these debts are in a safe place, but we do not want to expand them, and those who want to increase the salaries of senior officials will be forced to religion.”
“The Cabinet presented the draft social insurance law, which is a retirement pension for private sector employees. It also includes the rights of the families of martyrs fighting against Da’ash, and unfortunately some oppose it for strange reasons,” he said.
He added that “this law provides private sector workers with retirement rights and can give freedom to transfer retirement between the government and private sector and vice versa, which is part of the reform of work in Iraq.
He pointed out that “we do not want to be large class differences in Iraqi society and we are surprised that there are those who receive more than a salary and large amounts as deputy and officials and others in return refuses to grant salaries to the lower classes.”
On the border crossings between Abadi, “We have two border crossings with Saudi Arabia, Arar and Jnina, and Arar has been opened continuously, not only for pilgrims, and today we have an experimental exercise at the opening of the Trebil crossing from Baghdad to Jordan to Jordan and return to Baghdad to test the road and protect Iraqi. Soon open the road continuously for the benefit of both countries. ”
In the framework of administrative reform, the prime minister said, “We opened the nomination to the independent bodies and four years ago this was impossible because of the quota.” He pointed out that “this measure is not against the parties but we do not want it to be the monopoly of one party, ”
He called on tribal leaders to” remove all those who try to threaten the security of citizens, especially the medical staff and teachers because it is a basis for building the state and the Council of Ministers formed a committee to proceed with legislation to protect the educational cadres, in addition to cooperation with civilians and stop the phenomenon of attacks and tribal conflicts.
” Financial stifling Will pass for years to come in Iraq, and Iraq increased the output of electricity and the ongoing investment project to rationalize consumption, “adding that” there is a halt to many projects in the provinces spent billions and investigate the causes of corruption or mismanagement. ”
Abadi said that “the province of Basra spent more than any provinces for petrodollar allocations; but those who visit do not see a difference from the rest of the provinces and we are interested in the reality of the importance of Iraq economically.”
“The officials of the countries visiting Iraq praise the performance of Iraqi forces in the field of human rights and they know the existence of abuses, but individual and not systematic, and Iraq today began to take its position in the region and became a source of stability for the first time fighting with its own forces,” noting that ” “No one imagined during this short period the liberation of Nineveh.”
He added that “all visits to Iraq from abroad; to build relations and support for Iraq and the building of common interests,” noting that “we will not allow the use of Iraq against any neighboring country, and we do not want any conflict in the region.
“We met with the Council of Babylon about the reasons for preventing the return of the people of the cliff of victory, and we are surprised by this decision and do not know the background, and provincial councils duty to keep the people of the province and not discriminate between them and from Ajram and Khalaf takes the penalty in the judiciary, “I reject these decisions and the displaced people must be brought back to their homes in the cliff of victory.”
“The Kurdish delegation that visited Baghdad was very frank with them and I told them that we will only understand one Iraq, and this framework is subject to discussion of the problems and outstanding issues, some of which are attributed to the former regime that committed crimes that affected all Components of the Iraqi people, “noting that” the Kurds in Iraq achieved more than others in the countries of the region. ”
“We hope that the Kurdish leadership and our Kurdish people will be in one unified Iraq. It is a key issue for the stability of the region and the security of the country. I called upon the Kurds to have a frank discussion before the citizens and to understand the aspiration of the Kurdish people for independence,” he said. With the Kurdish delegation is positive, and we hope to be a good reflection either waiver will be for the people, and the Iraqi government is open and ready to discuss all files with the Kurds within the framework of one unified Iraq. ”


Al-Furat envoy in Tal Afar: Security forces are advancing faster than planned


Release Date: 2017/8/22 21:30 • 19 times read
(Baghdad: al-Furat News) The envoy of the Euphrates in Tal Afar, on Tuesday, the progress of security forces faster than planned in the liberation of the judiciary west of Mosul.
“There is progress to the security forces faster than planned, with almost nonexistent resistance,” he told AFP. “But all that hinders our security forces is the presence of a civilian crowd and the classic way in which they are used to fill the roads with improvised explosive devices and booby-trapped buildings.”
“In the early hours of the morning, the security forces managed to break three main lines of alarm in the northwest axis,” he said.
He pointed out that “there is accurate intelligence information comes from within the judiciary the presence of al-Daash and their places,” pointing to “the existence of successful strikes, whether the missile force or the Iraqi army aircraft, which contributed to paralyzing the movement of alarms.”
He noted that “the existence of a network of tunnels exploited by al-Daash, but it paralyzed the movement,” asserting “the escape of many of the rush to Badush Monday evening, taking advantage of spending.”
He said that “the heroes of the Golden Band published leaflets to inform civilians on safe roads, considering that the targets are targeted even these corridors,” stressing that “the high motivation of the security forces accelerated the liberation process, and there are feelings for the fighters of Tal Afar as they race to reach the berms in order to liberate their areas from He called. “Done


Abadi’s policy speaks of “total openness” on the referendum

Abadi speaks of "very frankly" about the referendum
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Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said on Tuesday that his talks with the Korean delegation on the referendum were very open.

Abadi said in a press conference that followed a meeting of his government. He pointed out that “talking with the Kurdish delegation was very frank and we exchanged talk with them on the basis of a unified Iraq, not a divided one.”

Abadi called on Kurdish leaders to “seriously think and move away from the referendum decision because it does not serve the interests of Kurdistan and Iraq.”

The Kurdish delegation arrived in Baghdad last week and held a series of meetings with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, President Fuad Masum, Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jubouri as well as party leaders and ambassadors of foreign countries.

The delegation is still in Baghdad amid expectations of a second round of talks.

On the military campaign in Tal Afar, Abadi said that Iraqi forces are moving towards the center of Tal Afar amid the collapse of an advocate, noting the arrival of Iraqi forces to the judicial center from the eastern and southern sides, and two days after the start of judicial liberalization.

He noted that the plan to liberate Tal Afar takes into account the preservation of civilian lives and accommodation of displaced persons and secure corridors for their safe exit.


Twilight News publishes the text of the decisions of the Council of Ministers

Twilight News publishes the text of the decisions of the Council of Ministers
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Shafaq News / Cabinet held its regular session on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Haider Abadi.

According to a statement issued by the Office of Abadi Ward to twilight News, the meeting of the Council resulted in the following:

In view of the repetition of the phenomenon of assault on teachers and teachers and in order to reduce them and not to repeat against this class and to raise the level of scientific and living and improve the profession of the teacher decided the Council of Ministers as follows:

A committee of the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers and the Ministries of Finance and Education shall be formed to proceed with the proposed legislation for the protection of teachers and teachers in consultation with the Finance Committee and the Education Committee, provided that there are no new financial consequences that strain the budget.

(B) Emphasize the application of the provisions of articles 229, 230 and 231 of the Iraqi Penal Code No. 111 of 1969 to any person who threatens, educates, or abuses a teacher or teacher during the performance of their duties, or because of them intentionally preventing them from performing their duties.

C. Affirmation of the application of Decision No. (24) for the year 1997 on the right of anyone who claims a tribal claim against the teacher or teacher when he is acting pursuant to the law or order issued by a higher authority.

(D) The inclusion of teachers and teachers in real estate loans and advances in accordance with the provisions of the laws in force.

(E) To emphasize the Iraqi Teachers Union to play its role in providing economic, social and cultural services to teachers and teachers and to improve their health, cultural and social status.

F) Emphasizing the application of the State and Public Employees Discipline Law No. (14) for the year 1991 regarding complaints against teachers and teachers.

During the meeting, a vote was taken to pay the cost of transporting the processed kerosene oil daily from the Ministry of Oil to the Ministry of Electricity and the Ministry of Finance to provide the amount of six billion dinars to the Ministry of Oil from the allocation of the emergency reserve for the fiscal year 2017.

A report on the reception of displaced persons in Tal Afar, Ana, Rawa and al-Qaim was also discussed and preparations and actions taken.

Also voted on the amendment of the Council of Ministers Resolution No. 124 of 2017 on the disbursement of subsidies.

The Council of Ministers voted on the Financing Agreement for the Smallholder Agriculture Revitalization Project between the Republic of Iraq and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

The draft agreement on cooperation between the Governments of the Republic of Iraq and the Russian Federation was voted on in the area of ​​transfer of those sentenced to deprivation of liberty.

The Council also voted to organize the process of settling salaries of employees in government departments.

The Cabinet was briefed on what was achieved in the visit of the committees formed by last week to address the situation in the province of Basra, where the solution to the problems in six major investment projects will resume work now, and directed the committees to investigate the reasons for the delay in the event was ordered to address the delivery of services to residential complexes agreement With the investors, and the committees showed that there are matters and observations regarding the financial control was directed to follow up intensively in the coming days to diagnose errors and accounting for the defaults, and the results of the audit committees that there is an unjustified suspension of years in construction projects Service in Basra was to instruct them to submit an inventory to address them and to hold negligent.

The council also discussed the summer agricultural season by providing a detailed report on it.



Barzani: Our people despair of the Iraqi state

Barzani: Our people are despaired of the Iraqi state
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The President of the Kurdistan Region Massoud Barzani, on Tuesday, that the people of Kurdistan after the sacrifice of unlimited and experience many of the experiences full of disasters, has despaired of the Iraqi state.

Barzani said that the people of Kurdistan decided to exercise their natural right and will not retreat from those rights unless there is a greater guarantee of the referendum to reach independence.

Barzani’s comments came as he received US Republican Senator Ralph Abraham, who arrived in the province of Kurdistan on an official visit.

Barzani said during the meeting that in recent political history, no coercive union has succeeded to an end.

He expressed his surprise at the development, coexistence and tolerance in the Kurdistan Region, declaring that the people of Kurdistan has gone a long way in a short period.

He also declared the price of the Peshmerga sacrifices and championships in the war against “Da’ash,” expressing his pride that American soldiers are fighting alongside Peshmerga forces in the war against terrorists.

He added that the American people understand well the struggle and demands of the people of Kurdistan and supports them, reiterating the support of the American people for the Kurdistan people and that Kurdistan is a safe and stable area and has become a strong pillar of America and the world in the war against terrorism and pledged to deliver facts in Kurdistan to the highest political levels in America as it is.

For his part, Barzani thanked the people and government of Kurdistan for the US government, which provided assistance and assistance to the people of Kurdistan in times of difficult and attack, “Daash,” expressing his pleasure for the existence of friendly relations with the region with the coalition countries.

At the end of the meeting, the two sides agreed to maintain contact with the US Congress. Barzani thanked Ralph Abraham for his commitment to convey the facts as they are.


“a second round of talks to persuade the Kurds to postpone or cancel the referendum”


"A second round of talks to persuade the Kurds to postpone or cancel the referendum"
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One of the participants in the negotiations said that a delegation representing the ruling Shiite coalition in Iraq may meet with politicians Cord next week to try again to persuade them to postpone the plan to hold a referendum on the independence of the Kurdish region or cancel.

Abdullah al-Zaidi, a member of the negotiating team for the National Alliance, the ruling Shi’ite Alliance in Iraq, told Reuters on Monday evening that a first round of talks held in Baghdad last week brought the positions of both sides closer.

The Kurdish delegation held separate meetings last week with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abbadi and the National Alliance, as well as other political parties in Baghdad.

Kurdish official Mullah Bakhtiar told Reuters on Saturday it was possible to consider postponing the referendum on independence on September 25 in return for financial and political concessions from the central government in Baghdad. But the Iraqi government denied in a statement the authenticity of the information provided by Mullah Bakhtiar.

The United States and other Western governments fear the referendum could ignite a new conflict with Baghdad and perhaps with neighboring countries, distracting attention from the war on a wary organization in Iraq and Syria.

US Secretary of State Rex Tilerson formally asked the President of the Kurdistan Region Massoud Barzani two weeks ago to postpone the referendum.

Visiting US Defense Secretary Jim Matisse plans to again urge Barzani to cancel the referendum when the two meet on Tuesday in Erbil, a US official with Matisse told Reuters.

“They are looking for guarantees … the issue of guarantees has been left to the next round of negotiations,” Zaidi said.

Bakhtiar, official of the General Authority of the Political Bureau of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, said the Kurds would not agree to postpone the referendum without specifying another date for him.

He added that Baghdad must commit at the political level to agree to settle the problem of disputed areas such as the oil-rich region of Kirkuk, where Arabs and Turkmen live.

He told Reuters in the Kurdish city of Sulaymaniyah that Baghdad should show economic readiness to help the Kurds overcome the financial crisis and settle the debts owed by their government.

He estimated that the debt would range from 10 to 12 billion dollars, equivalent to the annual budget of the province for the contractors of public works and public servants and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters who have not been paid full salaries for several months.

Baghdad stopped payments to the region from the Iraqi federal budget in 2014 after the Kurds began exporting oil independently of Baghdad through a pipeline to Turkey.

Kurds say they need extra revenue to cope with the rising costs of the war on the influx and influx of displaced people into the region in large numbers.

The state of Khilafah, announced by a militant organization, collapsed in July when US-backed Iraqi forces took Mosul back from militants after a nine-month military campaign involving Kurdish Peshmerga forces.

However, militants remain in control of land in western Iraq and eastern Syria. The United States has pledged to maintain its support for coalition forces in both countries until the organization is defeated.

The Kurds have sought to establish their independent state since the end of the First World War at least when the colonial powers divided the Middle East and left the region where the Kurds live divided between Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria.

Turkey, Iran and Syria oppose the establishment of independent Kurdistan. The government of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi rejected the planned referendum as a “unilateral” and unconstitutional step.

The majority of Shiites live in southern Iraq, while Kurds and Sunni Arabs live north and live in the center of the country around the capital Baghdad, a mix of races and sects.

Officials say Cord said the referendum will also take place in disputed areas, including Kirkuk to determine whether they want to stay within Kurdistan.

Kurdish Peshmerga forces have been barred from taking over Kirkuk in northern Iraq in 2014 after the Iraqi army collapsed in the face of militant advance. The Peshmerga forces now run Kirkuk and both Turkmen and Arabs say they also have rights in the city.

Iraqi-backed Shi’ite Islamist groups have threatened to forcibly expel the Kurds from the area and three other disputed areas – Sinjar, Makhmur and Khanqin.